King Salmon to report on farms

New Zealand King Salmon expects to report on conditions at its fish farms in the Marlborough Sounds to the Marlborough District Council by late February.

King Salmon aquaculture manager Mark Preece said Nelson-based science organisation the Cawthron Institute monitored its Waihinau, Forsyth Bay, Otanerau, Ruakaka, Clay Point and Te Pangu sites in November and December. Crail Bay, which had not been stocked since late 2011, was also monitored.

There were no immediate plans to farm fish at Crail Bay, but the company would apply to stock the site using square and possibly circular pens, Mr Preece said.

Cawthron was writing reports on the monitoring results and King Salmon would deliver them to the council once they had been checked.

Monitoring went beyond the council's requirements but the information collected was useful to the company, Mr Preece said.

The Marlborough Express